May 11, 2014

1 comment

Happy Mom’s Day: love the hounds

Happy Mother’s Day to all the hound Moms (and real human Moms). Every Mom should be celebrated today for their hard work. Another Mary Oliver poem because it just happened in my household: “Please, please, I think I haven’t eaten for days. What? Ricky, you had a huge supper. “I did? My stomach doesn’t remember. […]

April 24, 2014

no comments

The Superior Canine Nose – Sense of Smell

Walter’s second time in the field was this past Sunday. He received a fourth place ribbon in the Open All Age Dogs class during the Greater Portland Dachshund Club Field Trials in Castlerock, Washington. His first field trial experience was this past January during the DCA National Field Trials in Vacaville, California. However, I’m not […]

RIP Mick: Police K9 Falls -A Tribute To Working Dogs

April 18, 2014

Maybe it’s the music I’m listening to, maybe it’s the fact that a Police K9 was shot yesterday protecting his partner, maybe it’s all the beautiful stories I just read on Facebook about lives being saved and children growing up – today I’m especially grateful for my friends, family and three dog companions that lay beside me today and every day.

The bond and relationship between a policeman and their canine partner has always inspired me. It only seemed right – to dedicate a post to this fallen solider. (More about working police dogs was discussed on KATU with a cop from the Beaverton K9 Unit).


Working Dogs: Part One

That said, this is the introduction of a three part series. I’m attending a Nosework Seminar this weekend as both Shermie and Walter are in Nosework classes once a week, have their Odor Recognition Trials behind them and can participate in Nosework I trials. The reason I started this training is largely because I find scent work fascinating. This is a sport and for fun but a lot of judges have law enforcement backgrounds and teach seminars for eager students.

I’ll be posting three stories over the next week.

1) I’m attending a seminar Saturday – The Detection Dog: Understanding Odor and Olfaction – so I’ll be blogging about:

  • The Odor molecule
    How the canine nose works. (Olfactory system)
    Breathing vs. Sniffing
    Theory of scent discrimination
    Factors effecting Odor Temperature, Wind, Humidity, Environment
    Utilizing your knowledge of Odors and Olfaction in K9 Nosework®
    Training scenarios
    Environmental issues

2) What is Nosework: A snapshot into my weekly class with Joyce ‘s Dogs

3) Other scent related sports – Field Trials, a day in the life at a AKC Dachshund Field Trial as I’m part of the Dachshund Fanciers of Southwestern Washington

Stay tuned! Pictures of Shermie hunting for odor at Nosework class this week — first story will post Monday.

dog pics Delta and Joyce's class 016



April 13, 2014


My Life With A Senior Dog: Bruiser

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN MOVED TO WWW.MYLIFEWITHDOGSPDX.COM. Thank you for visiting!  ____ Bruiser is about ten and early on in life he was diagnosed with disc disease. Our vet recommended we try Acupuncture and we’ve never looked back! Last week he received his treatment from Dr. Jester at Natural Healing Veterinary Acupuncture. Now that he’s […]

May 7, 2009


Indigo Rescue: Comedy Relief Concert

I’m on the board of Indigo Rescue and there is a benefit concert coming up in June that I want to make sure everyone knows about! I just drafted this press release about the show — spread the word! This is a photo of the dogs Indigo rescued over the past year. Comedians Elayne Boosler […]

April 27, 2009

no comments

Cooking for Canines

I just made a new T.O.P. of the morning (Turkey & Oat Porridge) for Bruiser, the doxie,  as I’ve been cooking for him for about a year now. His meals consist of mainly turkey, chx livers, brown rice, salmon oil, green beans or carrots and a number of other supplements like bone meal for calcium. […]

April 24, 2009

no comments

Nina Ottosson Puzzle Games: brilliant

I promised I would post about the Nina Ottosson games I bought for my senior dog (but for all three dogs of course) and I’m a HUGE FAN. I bought the cheaper plastic versions off of Amazon. The first game is simply – a round circle with places for you to hide treats under plastic […]